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Pin There. Done That. Kids’ Artwork Storage {Whitney Edition}

I have been meaning to organize Logan’s artwork/paperwork for some time now. Especially now that he is in Kindergarten, the cute crafts and writing samples just keep pouring in. Everything has been scattered throughout my house–in the guest room, in the cabinets, in drawers, some of it on the walls as display. But still very scattered. And driving me crazy.

I saw this pin a long time ago and thought I re-pinned it. Apparently I did not, so I had to go back and find it again today.

 

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I was in need of a file storage box but I had a few hanging folders to at least get me started. After a quick (are they ever quick?) trip to Target, I was able to get started. I will say I am glad I started now–I can’t imagine going through everything after more than 5 years. Logan has already built up quite the stash. I will be starting one of these with the new baby ASAP.

2013-03-02 15.17.02I had a lot of artwork from before Logan started preschool–either done at home or with his sitter (from when I taught full-time), so I added a file for those years. (BTW, how much do you love this picture? Cracks me up everytime I see it!)

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He went to 2 different preschools (one at age 3 and one at 4) but I combined them in one.

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Ah, Kindergarten. This file has art, writing samples, report cards and other miscellaneous items I (or Logan) couldn’t part with.

2013-03-02 15.19.27And now it is ALL in one place. Nice and neat. It will go in his closet, easy to get to but out of the way.

All the printables I used for the front of the files are available here. There are also printable file folder labels, but I didn’t use those. I may go back and get some later and use them, but for now I will call it good.

I also made a file for all of Logan’s Santa letters. I have saved them since 2008 (the first year he could actually scribble). I will add hanging folders for every year and hopefully be able to keep it contained to one box–maybe that will be my goal so I can weed things out appropriately as we go along.

It feels really good to have it all organized and safe. My nesting phase has seemingly kicked in early and this satisfied that urge today.

Do you have your kids’ artwork organized? How have you done yours?

Also, see how Brittaney organizes her kids’ artwork here!

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Silhouette in your kitchen!

 

I can never, ever, EVER remember measurements. Even with my smartphone (dumb user), I still have to call my husband and ask him how many quarts are in a gallon, or whatever. I have a mental block against measurements, obviously. This would be so much nicer than my current ghetto fabulous 1980′s magnetic thing I keep on the fridge. Heck, maybe I’ll just silhouette it onto my fridge. Look at that, I just made a new verb. Silhouette.

 

Well, aren’t we fancy? I have dreams of doing this, but I’ve yet to put it into action. Hers look so good!

 

Yes, the Silhouette Cameo has a fabric paint feature. I’m so jealous. These are too cute!

Source: tidymom.net via Kelly on Pinterest

 

I live in a teeny tiny house, so the dog food lives in the kitchen too. We have a white can from IKEA that I love, but now I will love it even more.

 

So freakin’ easy. So freakin’ cute. So freakin’ necessary. I don’t know if you’ve seen my menu board*, but it is not cute like this one :)

 

I have a red Kitchenaid mixer that I love – I think she might be screaming out for polka dots…

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Do not hate, I am merely keeping it real. And yes, this is REALLY on my fridge. Still.

Monday’s Minute Makeover: Under the Sink…

I even want the cabinet under the sink area to be clean, tidy, and really organized.

Imagine that. And, most of the time it isn’t. I can’t handle it.

Especially if it has a musty/mildew/damp odor – eww.

(Post contact paper removal. Yuck.)

Then head to the blue or orange store for peel-n-stick tile. They will run about $1 each.

It’s not my most favorite pattern in the world, but it doesn’t matter. Anything is better than what I started with!

Use a utility knife to make any cuts then recruit the free help kids to peel & stick!

For just a few bucks, you’ll have a layer of protection for the cabinet in case there ever a leak and it’ll look neat and tidy also.

Make it a GREAT week y’all!

Pinterest Top 5 {PT5~8.25.12}

I love me some Pinterest. Probably a little too much. But it has inspired me to become much more crafty (see here, here, and here) and try new recipes (see here, here, and here) to try. So every week I am going to start posting my top 5 favorite “Pins” from that week. Ones that I have tried/plan to try or things I just really love. I would love to see your faves as well! Link yours up in our comments!

Currently I am in back-to-school mode since my little boy is going into KINDERGARTEN. :( I am in a state of denial and cannot believe it is actually happening in 2 days. Pinterest has been a good distraction and has at least gotten me excited about all the cute school/organization stuff out there.

 

I want to get to know Logan’s teacher and be an active part of their classroom (not overdoing it, of course). As a former teacher, I know how nice it feels to be appreciated so I want to make sure and take care of her since she has such an important role in my child’s life.

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I love this idea and how organized this mom is about school lunches. One thing I dread about Logan starting school is having to pack a lunch every day. He is not a very adventurous eater so I can see his lunches becoming quite boring. At least if we did this he would have a choice and may be more inclined to eat different things. I may be reorganizing my pantry soon…

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I have wanted to make a book filled with Logan’s funny sayings/quotes since he could talk but never got around to it. Now, it’s been done for me! You just upload your pics and then the book has blank spots for you to write in things they say that you want to remember!

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I have a little obsession with photo books. Logan has 18 Shutterfly books, I think. One for just about every 6 months of his life. I have never paid full price for one (most of them are even free) so I at least have that going for me. This app takes your kids artwork and uploads it to a site where you can make a book filled with their art (every year or whatever). I am not sure that there is an Android app, though, so that might be a problem.

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Over the summer, Logan definitely became a little “attached” to technology. At home, he wanted to play Wii or watch TV/Netflix. In the car, he wanted to play on our phones. Constantly. I know this isn’t going to fly during the school year because he will have homework, games, practices, etc. so I need to implement something like this. I have even seen a simpler one where they use popsicle sticks, but couldn’t find it.

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So, have you done any of my “pins”? Show me your faves, too! And don’t forget to follow me!